Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest
This article deals with the history of Luxembourg as a participant in the Euro Vision Song Contest.
List of posts
Color legend: - Victories. - A tie to the last place. - Contributions finals.
Regularity of participation
Luxembourg regularly participated already in the first edition of the Euro Vision Song Contest 1956 in Lugano and from then on. In 1959, the country for unknown reasons the competition away, but returned in the following year. Since 1994 was not due to disinterest participated in the event.
Success in competition
Luxembourg was able to win five wins: 1961 with Jean -Claude Pascal and the song Nous les amoureux; In 1965 with the book written by Serge Gainsbourg and put forward by France Gall Poupée de cire song, poupée de son; Vicky Leandros in 1972 won their second appearance for the Grand Duchy with the song Après toi; in the following year took Anne- Marie David with the song Tu te reconnaîtras victory in their own country. Last won with Si la vie est cadeau by Corinne Hermès in Munich in 1983, a contribution of Luxembourg competition. Moreover, the country was still twice on the third and five in fourth place and is one of the more successful candidates in the competition, although only 17 of the 36 participations result is known - ie just less than half - ended up in the front half of the table. Phases with poor results had Luxembourg especially in the late 1960s and early 1970s and in the last five appearances. In addition, Luxembourg has three times the last, but was rather rare among the final five.
Some Luxembourg contributions were international hits. The first was probably Poupée de cire, poupée de son from 1965, which was represented Europe in the upper echelons of the charts. An even greater success had Vicky Leandros few years later with her winning song Après toi, which was commercially very successful and the world's best-selling single of the year was 1972. With Parlez- vous français? Baccara 1978 had a minor hit, reaching the Top 10 in Sweden, among others. The fourth winning song, Tu te reconnaîtras was, in some countries in the top 10 Géraldine was with the English version of their contribution from 1975 in Ireland successfully, Jürgen Marcus with the German version of his contribution in Germany. Corinne Hermès ' contribution has been quite successful in France.
Other songs were used as cover versions of hits, most notably L' amour est bleu from 1967, that was in the original version in Germany and elsewhere in the charts, most had success but with an instrumental version, the first place in the U.S. Charts occupied. In 2006, the song Le papa pingouin - 26 years after it was presented to the competition - from Pigloo in a children's song version recorded a number -one hit in France and one of the best selling singles of the year.
Few of the Luxembourg representative came from the Grand Duchy; most came originally from France ( eg 1961, 1965, 1973), Germany (eg 1976, 1985), Greece (1963, 1967, 1972) and Belgium ( 1987). Many of the singers were before and after her appearance with other very successful titles, such as Baccarat, Vicky Leandros, Jürgen Marcus, Plastic Bertrand, Nana Mouskouri or Lara Fabian.
Luxembourg has three official languages : French, Luxembourgish and German, with almost all posts were sung entirely in French. 1960 and 1992, the respective songs were sung entirely in Luxembourgish, but with little success. 1985 Children, children, enfants was, as the title suggested, presented in three languages , along with French and a few words in English came the first time the German language used. The latest up to post from 1993 was presented in French and Luxembourgish.
From the 1960s almost all posts were taken in other languages , these were mostly German and English, but also often Italian and Spanish. The winning titles in 1965 and 1972 were published in Japanese, the latter also in Greek.
- Luxembourg received ten points from Malta in 1992 - the only ever of the evening. The following year, Luxembourg again received ten points from Malta, this time from a total of eleven.
- The only victory, after the Luxembourg not hosted the competition was in 1973; the competition took place in the other four victories in the following year instead of each in Luxembourg City.